Mononoke anime series begins its 15th-anniversary campaign

The medicine seller in the Monoke 2007 series
The medicine seller in the Monoke 2007 series. Pic credit: Toei animation

The Mononoke series begins its 15th-anniversary celebration. Mononoke is a supernatural anime series released in 2007.

The Mononoke TV anime is a spin-off of the Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales TV anime. It first aired in the Noitamina block on Fuji TV in July 2007.

At about the same time in 2008, a manga version of the series began spanning the “Bakeneko” arc. The remaining arcs of the anime were covered by a different manga, which ended in 2019.

To commemorate the occasion, the original series will begin a 15th-anniversary project. The project will be out with a ceremony at Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba on June 18, 2022, when further details will be revealed.

Mononoke series begins 15th-anniversary campaign

A part of the project is the release of Mononoke: Shu, a spin-off light novel written by Hideyuki Niki. It also features cover art by Oku. The Medicine Seller will have to cope with a princess who emerges at night in a castle tower near Lake Inawashiro, a fox spirit, and a terrible yokai that appears on old battlefields throughout the plot.

The Kadokawa Bunko publisher will release the light novel on June 10, 2022.

Meanwhile, on June 18, director Kenji Nakamura (Gatachman Crowds: Insight), the Medicine Seller voice actor Takahiro Sakurai, and producer Kouji Yamamoto will participate in an anniversary celebration. It will take place in the Fuji TV Multi Theater and it will be broadcast live on YouTube.

The Princess Monoke 15th-anniversary logo
The Princess Monoke 15th-anniversary logo. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

There is also a Twitter campaign where fans can tweet about their favorite “famous scene” from the film (based on the alternatives offered on the campaign’s homepage). Fans would be entered to receive an exclusive 15th-anniversary calendar. There will be 30 winners. The campaign will continue until the 14th of August.

Comments by the director and VA and more

Takahiro Sakurai’s (Medicine seller) 15th-anniversary comments are below:

The impressive scene I remember during my first recording was when Director Nakamura sat down on the floor of the studio and started a lecture. Honestly, I got confused with the orders he was giving, which were different from the theory of animation recording I was aware of. He requested me things like: in every line put some emotions in each cut, sound less interested, mutter the words, and so forth. All the dots were connected after watching the broadcast, as I found out about the director’s creation. A flood of bizarre and mysterious images that are both horrific and beautiful. I call it the madness of vivid colors. It was an intense experience. What is the 15th-anniversary project? Stay tuned for more updates.

Takahiro Sakurai

Director Nakamura also commented on the 15th-anniversary event:

Even though this was my debut work as a director, I put my all as if this work is the last one. I was told to make a clear distinguishment between the background and the cell (character), but I thought it might still look nice even if the two were indistinguishable and organized as a single illustration. Usually, when a character stops speaking, the next character starts speaking, but in real life, people start talking at their own paces, so I kept it that way. I remember doubting all my common senses during production.

Kenji Nakamura

Princess Mononoke staff, synopsis, and more

The animation technique is akin to Gankutsuou’s Unmoving Plaid (albeit to a lesser extent—there are some solid colors here and there), and while it may take some getting accustomed to, the series’ usage of it is both beautiful and disturbing.

The narrative follows our enigmatic, unnamed medicine vendor as he travels and meets diverse people – and creatures. To kill each Mononoke, he must first figure out its Shape (configuration). This is its truth (origin), and Reasoning (motivation), which is frequently considerably more difficult than it appears. There are five arcs to the 12-episode series.

Toei Animation produced Mononoke, with Michiko Yokote (The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody), Chiaki J. Konaka (Ghost Hound), Ikuko Takahashi (Healing Good Precure), and Manabu Ishikawa (Your Voice -Kimiko-) as scriptwriters and Takashi Hashimoto (Gekijoban Revue Starlight co-main animator) as character designer and chief animation director.

Are you excited about the 15th-anniversary ceremony? Do you like how the Mononoke series begins its 15th-anniversary? Have you seen the Monoke series? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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